Top Christmas Attractions & Family Christmas Activities In San Francisco

California is a popular tourist destination and attracts millions of visitors every year. When thinking about California, the first thought that crosses the mind is San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood and Universal Studios, Disneyland and Lego Land.

You can find much fun-filled family Christmas Activities in San Francisco. The weather, beaches and friendly people add to the beauty of the natural surroundings in California.



December Holidays and Family Activities in San Francisco

Family Christmas Activities In San Francisco

Halloween kick starts the festive season in the US. Especially in and around San Francisco, a host of events and activities begin from October onwards. One can witness the pumpkin festival, harvest festival, music concerts, art and clay festival, Halloween, Christmas tree lighting, choir and more.

Most of the events and concerts are free and open to public. Tourist attractions like museums and aquariums also have a free entrance on certain days. Bank of America card owners can avail such free entrances to several family activities and San Francisco attractions.

Family Christmas Activities in San Francisco

There is no snow in San Francisco but nights are cooler in December, especially during Christmas. Yet, the cold weather is certainly no excuse to hibernate. Be it couples or families with kids, there is something for all ages when it comes to family Christmas activities in San Francisco. Here are some events and activities you may like to attend.

Christmas in Charles Dickens Style in San Francisco

Christmas in Charles Dickens Style in San Francisco


Enjoy the December weekends at Dickens Christmas Fair, Geneva Avenue in San Francisco for lights, displays, street food vendors, music, goodies and drinks. Families with kids and even couples dress up in classical novel styles to join the entertainers dressed as characters from Charles Dickens’ novels.

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony in SFO

Every year during November, Ghirardelli square witnesses the traditional and popular tree lighting ceremony. It is an awe-inspiring scene to see a 50-foot long tree, decorated with Christmas tree accessories, lights and huge chocolate bars. The event includes puppet shows for kids, stilt walkers and delicious hot chocolate at the café.

Christmas Ballet in San Francisco

Christmas Ballet in San Francisco

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 Christmas celebrations cannot be complete without music and orchestra. Nutcracker ballet at the Opera house in San Francisco is quite a Christmas tradition for family activities. With more than 200 costumed characters, kids and adults will surely have a splendid time at the ballet performance. The orchestra also offers free fruit juice and cookies along with a surprise gift to selected kids spectators.

Christmas Lights Viewing in San Francisco

Among family Christmas activities in San Francisco, viewing lights and decorations of homes, streets and Christmas trees can be exciting. Tourists can hop onto the bus at Fisherman’s that takes them to view light displays. Pier 39 has good dining options for a light dinner before the trip.

Thus, plan your family Christmas activities in San Francisco ahead of time. Reach the attractions earlier to avoid parking problems and longer lines. Check out the local website events.sfgate.com for more information on holiday events and activities in San Francisco.



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